Business

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4:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New Chamber Director Takes the Reins

Dana DeMet had his first day on the job as Executive Director of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday.  Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show. 

He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit. 

“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals.  I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.” 

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Roasting Beans on Demand
4:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Rio Lobo: Small Town Roaster

Rio Lobo's Sivetz roaster hails from Corvallis, Oregon.

Artisan coffee is a trend that’s has pretty much swept the nation's cities.  It’s no surprise to find local roasters in Milwaukee or Madison.  But where you might not expect to find one…is in a garage in the tiny town of Hiles, Wisconsin.  

Dave Roberts is working on an espresso blend for his company Rio Lobo coffee.  But he hasn’t always been a roaster.  At the age of 55, he made an unusual career change. 

“My family had a logging business, and a sawmill business," Roberts explained. "We were about to sell that – that’s when I kind of gravitated toward coffee roasting."

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Speaking to the business community
5:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Walker Touts Business Growth During Vilas County Visit

Governor Scott Walker says the state’s business climate is improving.  He made an appearance at a Vilas County Economic Development meeting Monday at Eagle Waters Resort.    

Speaking to a crowd of business people and local officials, Walker said good things are happening in Wisconsin, and noted 13,000 new businesses have been created since he took office.   Walker also talked about his Walleye Initiative, which resonated with Dick Mendham, owner of Sunset Resort near Phelps:

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Held at Boom Lake in June
4:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Rhinelander Event Celebrates Logging Heritage

The logging boom.
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A new event promoting northern Wisconsin's logging heritage is coming to Rhinelander next summer.

Ken Krall talked with Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed about the Boom Lake Log Jam.

Reed says there will be things to do for the whole family.

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Big Day For Business
2:37 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Black Friday Tide Lifts All Boats

Manager Chris Turk says was good Friday at Hodag Pawn and Gun.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Shoppers were out in force today as big box stores featured discounts and sales.   It was a good day even for businesses that weren’t offering deals.

“It is noticeably busier, but we do nothing different with our prices.  There is definitely more foot traffic on black Friday.”

So says Chris Turk, manager of Hodag Gun and Pawn in Rhinelander, which sells pawned used items and new guns.  Turk says many of the customers today have been hunters and people buying holiday gifts.           

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Stimulating Economic Development
6:37 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Crandon Likely to Net $2.1M in State Loans

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved $2.1 million in loans for the Crandon area.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A state lending agency has given the green light to loan more than two million dollars to the city of Crandon and its schools.  

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Busy Day for Business
5:49 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Redikulus Dae Draws Crowd

Justine Whitefish recently started a frybread business, after making the bread for over 30 years.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.  

It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice.  Justine Whitefish is selling frybread.  She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur.  It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout. 

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Rhinelander Tradition
6:20 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Rhinelander Prepares for Big Shopping "Dae"

Downtown Rhinelander is gearing up for an annual one-day street fair.  Redikulus Dae is designed to bring people out to shop downtown.  Executive Director for Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Maggie Steffen says it’s been a tradition for 55 years.

“I can tell you – some of us that have grown up here, it was a big deal to go downtown on that day and see your family and friends.  It was a way to meet up with people that you haven’t seen in a while.  It’s just a fun atmosphere – it’s not necessarily just shopping, it’s more of almost an experience.”

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Business & Industry
3:36 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

State Grant Funds Road Construction Near Printpack

Printpack is constructing a large new facility off Highway 17 in Rhinelander.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials stopped in Rhinelander today to present a nearly half-million dollar grant to the city.  The money helps pay for road construction outside the new manufacturing facility for Printpack.

Outside the new facility that Printpack is building, Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns accepted the check from the state’s Transportation Economic Assistance program.  

“I have fifty years in politics in this community and this is one of the best days I’ve ever had.”

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Business & Industry
3:02 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Fest Wields Economic Clout

The Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday.
Credit Matt Clark

Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event. 

  The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.  Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.

“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”

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